So, here’s an interesting parallel. Earlier today we learned that Hollywood was deciding to reboot “The Naked Gun” and remake Sidney Lumet‘s “The Murder On The Orient Express,” because that’s the way things go today. And now, in a cruel irony, two much more original sounding projects have bitten the dust for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, Ridley Scott—who is producing ‘Orient Express,’ fyi—was set to return for the first time as a director since 1969, directing the pilot for Showtime‘s “The Vatican.” A great cast was assembled (Kyle Chandler, Bruno Ganz, Anna Friel, Sebastian Koch, Matthew Goode and Ewen Bremner) for a fascinating premise, following a politically ambitious cardinal operating within the modern day Catholic Church. But it seems this was a very troubled production.
According to THR, writer and showrunner Paul Attanasio bailed on “The Vatican” following the pilot with the trade revealing he had been “difficult, failing to meet deadlines and clashing with numerous people behind the scenes.” Moreover, the pilot required reshoots and they “came back with problems” so Showtime has made the decision to ice the show. Kind of a bummer since the potential was there, but it seems the gods—or God—didn’t want it happen.
Meanwhile, another project that has come to halt is the mooted biopic of Dennis Wilson, “The Drummer.” Aaron Eckhart was slated to play the Beach Boys beatmaker, with Vera Farmiga (as Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter Christine McVie), Rupert Grint and Chloë Grace Moretz all lined up to co-star. But fate conspired against the project. Eckhart pulled just before shooting was to begin last summer, apparently “tired” from making “I, Frankenstein” and then Wilson’s estate backed out, effectively killing the movie.
The project would’ve picked up with Wilson in 1977 circa Pacific Ocean Blue, and it apparently doesn’t get too focused on his drug and alcohol addictions, with THR saying it “shows another side of the handsome surfer and consummate beach boy, whose hard living cost him his home, his boat and several marriages.” But with the family out of the mix, and everyone involved having moved on, we won’t be seeing that side anytime soon.